Businesses, organisations and individuals who want to sell or supply alcohol in the district must have a licence from the St Albans City and District Council (the licensing authority).

You can view the current premises licence register using our online licensing register.

St Albans City and District licensing policy

Our licensing policy (revised in February 2014), sets out the way in which we will make licensing decisions and how licensed premises are likely to be permitted to operate.

It also informs residents and businesses how their needs and concerns will be dealt with. 

Please read our policy before filling in any application forms.

Where an application has been submitted correctly but the advertisement in the newspaper is incorrect because it does not adequately describe the hours and licensable activities, we will notify the applicant. The applicant will be required to re-start the 28 day consultation period and re-advertise the application correctly.

Where a second advert is still deemed inadequate the application will be rejected and the applicant will be required to restart the entire application process.

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More on objectives and conditions


St Albans City & District Council acts as the licensing authority for the District in respect of the Licensing Act 2003.

The Licensing Act 2003 imposes a statutory duty upon a District Council to produce, develop and review a Licensing Policy. Our Licensing Policy first came into effect on 7th January 2005. The policy was last revised in 2014 and should be revised every 5 years.

Below is a summary of the changes to the policy for ease of reference.

The consultation period will commence on Friday 14th September and will continue for 4 weeks ending at midnight on Friday 12th October 2018.

This is your opportunity to raise any issues you may have and contribute to the formation of the Council's Statement of Licensing Policy.

All responses during the consultation will be considered and incorporated into the Policy where appropriate.  A summary of all responses will be included in the Report to Elected Members during the Committee process.  The final Policy will be determined by the Elected Members.

Please note that where responses include personal details in the body of the response this information may be subject to publication or disclosure. 

All the responses to the consultation must be received by Friday 12th October 2018.

Licensing Section
Community Services Department
St Albans City and District Council
St Peter’s Street
St Albans

Tel: 01727 819454

If you have any queries with regard to this matter please contact the licensing section on the number above. 

Summary of changes as follows:

• Update to reflect new changes in legislation with regard to late night refreshment (section12.0), live music, recorded music and regulated entertainment (section 4.0)
• Updated Visions and Outcomes to reflect the current position at the Council
• Reference to amusements with prizes updated to Gaming machines (section 5.0)
• Section on safeguarding added (section 6.0, paragraphs 6.6 to 6.8)
• Responsible authorities (section 7.0) changed to reflect the s182 Guidance changes 
• Regulators’ Code reference added at paragraph 9.25 (section 9.0)
• Section 12.0 on “Making an application” updated to include a link to the template advert/notice and a paragraph on Deliveries of alcohol.  Paragraph on Beer Gardens added to reflect the updated s182 Guidance.
• Age verification and conditions updated at Section 15.0- Children
• Section on Film Licensing added at 17.0
• Section on Failure to Pay Annual Fees updated at Section 21.0
• Clarification on calculation of working days for service added to section 22.0 on Temporary Event Notices 
• Personal Licence at 23.0 updated to remove renewal and add in Immigration Act provisions

A copy of the revised draft Policy is available below in PDF form.

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Each licence will require its own application. You may also need to make a full or minor review and/or have an application review

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You may wish to make a complaint about a licensed premises (pub or similar), or a premises which is providing licensable activities without a licence, or comment on an application

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